The Van Wezel’s Mary Bensel, Executive Director, and Julia Mays, Marketing Director, sit down to talk about the end of the 2012-2013 season. With special guest, Shaun Merriman, President & CEO, Gateway Bank.
In the entertainment business crossover concepts are not unusual. Books become movies, TV shows become plays, cartoons become animated features, the list goes on. But, never in the history of entertainment has one concept transcended all forms. It is because of these accomplishments that The Addams Family is in a league all its own. Continue reading
What would you like to see most in a performer? An artist who exudes charm and sex appeal; a multi Grammy award winning jazz performer who has established himself as a highly successful crossover pop artist; a classical musician who trained at one of the most prestigious music schools in the world; a renaissance man who is equally at home on the concert stage, in films, as a radio host and recording artist…..or all of the above. Continue reading
“This is one of those shows that is just pure entertainment from the opening number until the curtain falls”. Hooray for Hollywood, last year’s winner of Branson’s Best New Show and Best Dance Troop Awards, is a high energy performance of some of the greatest moments in Hollywood movie song and dance history, featuring spectacular costuming, stunning choreography and some of the finest vocalists and dancers to grace any stage. Continue reading
JUST IMAGINE you are sitting in the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall, eagerly anticipating the last concert appearance of John Lennon. The house lights dim, the curtain opens, the stage lights up, the music begins and out walks John Lennon! He is mesmerizing as he introduces many of his greatest hits with the famous Beatles, his voice is in perfect form, backed by his well known band. You are enthralled by his enthusiam as he shares insights into his past, his philosophies, his dreams, his regrets and inspirations. Continue reading
We all know what we think of when we hear the word “Circus”? But, what would circus performers do if they had it their way? What kind of circus troupe would they create if they were allowed to do more than just their speciality act and push themselves to the furthest limits of their abilities….enter 7 Fingers. Founded in Montreal in 2002, 7 Fingers: Traces initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. Its name is a twist on a French idiom — literally translated “7 fingers of the hand” – used to describe distinct parts united tightly Continue reading
Renowned for its distinctive sound; beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences; and, admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra has gained the reputation as one of the preeminent Orchestras in the world. The Philadelphia has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy , Riccardo Muti, and Charles Dutoit to mention just a few. Continue reading
Mary Bensel, Executive Director and Julia Mays, Director of Marketing, talk about the exciting shows coming up in January. Featurting special guest, Joanie Corneil, President/Executive Cheff, Square 1 Burgers and Bar.
“Jungle” Jack Hanna is unquestionably the best known “Zoo Keeper” in the world. It is a position that he has held for almost 40 years. At the present time he still retains the title “Director Emeritus” of the Columbus Zoo. His television appearances and wildlife shows have made the Columbus Zoo known world-wide; he has continued his association with the organization for 34 years. At the time of his appointment in 1978, the Zoo was rundown and the grounds unkempt. Continue reading
The Kennedy Center, a long time Van Wezel collaborator and The MetLife Foundation has awarded a “Very Special Arts” (VSA) grant to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This VSA MetLife grant, titled “Building Bridges in the School and Community“ is focused on integrating learning opportunities for students living with disabilities alongside students who are not disabled to work together on a visual arts installation, while exploring Math, Science, and Theatre. Continue reading